Doctors are seeing fewer cases of the flu, but that doesn't mean we're in the clear. In fact, medical experts are still encouraging people to get the flu shot if they haven't already.
"Cases are continuing to come in. Not nearly as many as in the weeks past, but the CDC is still concerned about the number of cases that are occurring especially even in Alabama," explained UAB Dr. Marty VanderNoot.
VanderNoot says we typically see flu cases begin to taper off in February, but people should not let their guard down.
"The CDC sent out an email encouraging all healthcare providers to get the flu shot this year. So if they're still concerned about it, then we're still concerned about it," added VanderNoot.
At UAB doctors' offices, VanderNoot says, for the most part, patients are suffering from the usual flu symptoms we've seen in the past.
"Muscle aches, sore throats, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Nothing that you want."
He also says one group of patients is catching the flu more this season and dealing with more severe cases of it.
"A growing number of otherwise healthy middle aged people are becoming sick with the flu, not just the muscle aches and throwing up, but actually requiring hospitalization."
VanderNoot says it's not that surprising because healthy middle aged people are least likely to get the shot. He says the trend should serve as a reminder.
"Get the flu shot even if you're healthy, even if you don't think you need it. This year proved that you really need to get it to stay safe."
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